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This cluster of painters managed to go their creative way from the first ‘quiet’ exhibition December (Декабрь) in 1993 to bright large-scale projects at the beginning of the 21st century. One can quite clearly trace three stages in the formation and development of the art commune. The first stage lasted from 1993 to 1995 and is now defined as ‘classic squat’, since it was in the early 90s that the students of the Kyiv Art Institute, who then lived in a hostel on 69/71 Lukianivska Street, moved to Olehivska Street (buildings 11, 22, 37, 39). At first, empty houses raised the students’ interest not even as accommodation, but as a certain Klondike, where among piles of garbage they could find, for instance, a vintage bottle for a still life scene or numerous other items. Artists began to populate the street in the early 1990s. For some of them, the area was only a workshop while for others the place was used for accommodation and as a space for creativity.

The squat on Olehivska Street co-existed with the squats on the streets of Paris Commune and Velyka Zhytomyrska in the same cultural space. This also proves the uniqueness of the squat movement in Kyiv, when the term ‘squat’ was used not in its social legal sense, but rather as a local cultural phenomenon in the post-Soviet environment with its own internal specifics and peculiarities of existence.

The second stage lasted between 1996 and 2006 and is currently associated with the activities of the Fictitious Gallery Expedition (FGE) group. The project existed in its virtual space while being embodied in some certain earthly coordinates, which were on the Kyiv hills. Thus, the squat on Olehivska, having no commercial direction, abandoned art institutions and mass media in favor of absolute, undeclared freedom for public access to society.

A new vector of movement provoked the third stage in the life of the creative group and that was the intensification of exhibition activities since 2008. The artists held 8 group exhibitions, involved a significantly wider audience, and their works drew the interest of the mass media space, gallery owners, and collectors. As a result, the squat on Olehivska turned into a well-known artistic phenomenon outside Ukraine, acquired the status of uniqueness and originality. The squat on Olehivska is one of the few creative communities in the territory of Ukraine that has existed in the national art space for 24 years.

The stages of creativity of the above-mentioned art-commune are closely related to the landscape, cultural and historical phenomenon, Mount Schekavitsa, which, having absorbed the pagan, Muslim and Christian heritage, is located in the very center of Kyiv Podol. The dominant group among the ‘immigrants’ were students of the art institute: Anatolii Varvarov, Volodymyr Ershyhin, Volodymyr Zaichenko, Ihor Konovalov, Ruslan Kutniak, Konstantyn Maslov, Viacheslav Mashnytskyi, Mustafa Khalil, Volodymyr Padun, Eduard Potapenkov. It is essential to mention that the artists did not form a stable grouping. It was a fairly dynamic and unregulated community.

The work Squat on Olehivska Street was fairly organic in the context of Ukrainian art in the 90s. Back then, most of the exhibitions were not resonant, since they were not advertised or promoted and they were not created for commercial purposes. But it was precisely this marginality that formed and polished individualities, then expanded the scope of creative activity, and, finally, led to an understanding of freedom of creativity.

O. Konovalova, PhD in Art History, Borys Hrinchenko Kyiv University



Anatolii Varvarov

Born in 1967 in Kremenchuk, Poltava region, Ukraine
Graduated from Vuchetych Dnipropetrovsk Art School (1983-1987)
National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (1990-1996)
Member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine
Received the category of artist-restorer of easel painting (1999)
Member of the art commune "Squat on Olehivska" since 1993
Lives and works in Kyiv

Painting «A cell with a ruler», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
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A cell with a ruler

oil / canvas

41 x 48 cm / 16.14 x 18.90 in

€ 604624
Painting «Chess», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Chess

oil / canvas

100 x 80 cm / 39.37 x 31.50 in

€ 1 072
Painting «Weekend by the sea», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Weekend by the sea

oil / canvas

35 x 45 cm / 13.78 x 17.72 in

€ 487
Painting «Under the wing», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Under the wing

oil / canvas

80 x 120 cm / 31.50 x 47.24 in

€ 829
Painting «The kids have grown up», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

The kids have grown up

oil / canvas

80 x 100 cm / 31.50 x 39.37 in

€ 760
Painting «The era of joy», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

The era of joy

oil / canvas

175 x 135 cm / 68.90 x 53.15 in

€ 1 657
Painting «Okay», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Okay

oil / canvas

95 x 109 cm / 37.40 x 42.91 in

€ 1 5111 950
Painting «Starling», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Starling

oil / canvas

80 x 60 cm / 31.50 x 23.62 in

€ 448
Painting «Scenery», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Scenery

oil / canvas

100 x 145 cm / 39.37 x 57.09 in

€ 926
Painting «Hello», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Hello

oil / canvas

135 x 115 cm / 53.15 x 45.28 in

€ 1 072
Painting «Under the cover of a crane», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Under the cover of a crane

oil / canvas

90 x 110 cm / 35.43 x 43.31 in

€ 1 072
Painting «Vavilon 2020», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Vavilon 2020

oil / canvas

30 x 40 cm / 11.81 x 15.75 in

€ 444
Painting «Solar», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Solar

oil / canvas

30 x 40 cm / 11.81 x 15.75 in

€ 341
Painting «Limpet», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

Limpet

oil / canvas

70 x 100 cm / 27.56 x 39.37 in

€ 1 033
Painting «The first of January», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Buy painting
Anatolii Varvarov

The first of January

oil / canvas

130 x 155 cm / 51.18 x 61.02 in

€ 1 477
Painting «On the way», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Sold
Anatolii Varvarov

On the way

oil / canvas

110 x 135 cm / 43.31 x 53.15 in

Painting «Bullfinches. Winter», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Sold
Anatolii Varvarov

Bullfinches. Winter

oil / canvas

30 x 30 cm / 11.81 x 11.81 in

Painting «Welcome», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Sold
Anatolii Varvarov

Welcome

oil / canvas

155 x 135 cm / 61.02 x 53.15 in

Painting «Transporter», oil, canvas. Painter Varvarov Anatolii. Sold
Anatolii Varvarov

Transporter

oil / canvas

155 x 135 cm / 61.02 x 53.15 in




Ihor Konovalov

Born in 1965 in Novy Bug, Ukraine
Graduated from Vuchetych Dnipropetrovsk Art School (1983-1987)
National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (workshop of easel painting of V.V. Shatalin), (1987-1993), Kyiv
Member of the art commune "Squat on Olehivska" since 1993
The author of the project - "Fictitious Gallery Ekspeditsiya" (1996-2006)
Lives and works in Kyiv

Painting «Paparazzi», oil, canvas. Painter Konovalov Ihor. Buy painting
Ihor Konovalov

Paparazzi

oil / canvas

140 x 190 cm / 55.12 x 74.80 in

€ 1 9502 437
Painting «Meeting in the forest», oil, canvas. Painter Konovalov Ihor. Buy painting
Ihor Konovalov

Meeting in the forest

oil / canvas

135 x 185 cm / 53.15 x 72.83 in

€ 2 1452 437
Painting «Vitality», oil, canvas. Painter Konovalov Ihor. Buy painting
Ihor Konovalov

Vitality

oil / canvas

110 x 140 cm / 43.31 x 55.12 in

€ 1 0721 755
Painting «According to plan», oil, canvas. Painter Konovalov Ihor. Sold
Ihor Konovalov

According to plan

oil / canvas

135 x 110 cm / 53.15 x 43.31 in

Painting «In search of discourse», oil, canvas. Painter Konovalov Ihor. Sold
Ihor Konovalov

In search of discourse

oil / canvas

80 x 90 cm / 31.50 x 35.43 in

Painting «Without Wi-Fi», oil, canvas. Painter Konovalov Ihor. Sold
Ihor Konovalov

Without Wi-Fi

oil / canvas

80 x 110 cm / 31.50 x 43.31 in

Painting «Insulation», oil, canvas. Painter Konovalov Ihor. Sold
Ihor Konovalov

Insulation

oil / canvas

125 x 75 cm / 49.21 x 29.53 in




Serhii Korniievskyi

Born in 1967 in Dnipro, Ukraine
Graduated from Vuchetych Dnipropetrovsk Art School (1987)
National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, (workshop of monumental painting), Kyiv (1996)
Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine
Member of the creative group "Squat on Olehivska"
Lives in Kyiv, where he continues to work creatively in various fields of fine arts

Painting «Self-portrait from the back», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Self-portrait from the back

oil / canvas

150 x 100 cm / 59.06 x 39.37 in

€ 1 462
Painting «Everything will be ok! He let me know! », oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Everything will be ok! He let me know!

oil / canvas

200 x 140 cm / 78.74 x 55.12 in

€ 2 241
Painting «The Walk», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

The Walk

oil / canvas

100 x 150 cm / 39.37 x 59.06 in

€ 1 462
Painting «Gravity», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Gravity

oil / canvas

100 x 79 cm / 39.37 x 31.10 in

€ 877
Painting «Suite », oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Suite

oil / canvas

90 x 100 cm / 35.43 x 39.37 in

€ 877
Painting «Glorious way », oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Glorious way

oil / canvas

185 x 185 cm / 72.83 x 72.83 in

€ 2 242
Painting «WI-FI», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

WI-FI

oil / canvas

100 x 100 cm / 39.37 x 39.37 in

€ 877
Painting «Kiss », oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Kiss

oil / canvas

80 x 100 cm / 31.50 x 39.37 in

€ 877
Painting «Latex », oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Latex

oil / canvas

80 x 85 cm / 31.50 x 33.46 in

€ 877
Painting «Red carpet», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Red carpet

oil / canvas

110 x 80 cm / 43.31 x 31.50 in

€ 877
Painting «Pope spring », oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Pope spring

oil / canvas

100 x 150 cm / 39.37 x 59.06 in

€ 1 462
Painting «Stranger », oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Stranger

oil / canvas

85 x 85 cm / 33.46 x 33.46 in

€ 780
Painting «Fountain (Piazza San Pietro)», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Fountain (Piazza San Pietro)

oil / canvas

150 x 100 cm / 59.06 x 39.37 in

€ 1 462
Painting «POPE», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

POPE

oil / canvas

100 x 150 cm / 39.37 x 59.06 in

€ 1 462
Painting «Alone», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

Alone

oil / canvas

100 x 150 cm / 39.37 x 59.06 in

€ 1 462
Painting «A cafe», oil, canvas. Painter Korniievskyi Serhii. Buy painting
Serhii Korniievskyi

A cafe

oil / canvas

100 x 80 cm / 39.37 x 31.50 in

€ 877



Eduard Potapenkov

Born in 1968 in Dnipro, Ukraine
Graduated from Vuchetych Dnipropetrovsk Art School (1983-1987), (Faculty of Painting, workshop of L. Antonyuk)
National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (1989-1995), (workshop of easel painting), Kyiv
Member of the art-commune "Squat on Olehivska" since 1993
Member of the art association "Kholodnyi VEL" (1993-1996)
Lives and works in Kyiv

Painting «Rayd», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Rayd

oil / canvas

90 x 200 cm / 35.43 x 78.74 in

€ 2 9253 705
Painting «Silence», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Silence

oil / canvas

170 x 140 cm / 66.93 x 55.12 in

€ 3 120
Painting «Coming», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Coming

oil / canvas

110 x 140 cm / 43.31 x 55.12 in

€ 1 950
Painting «South wind», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

South wind

oil / canvas

140 x 140 cm / 55.12 x 55.12 in

€ 2 535
Painting «Asana 2 (Latex)», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Asana 2 (Latex)

oil / canvas

100 x 140 cm / 39.37 x 55.12 in

€ 1 950
Painting «Bridge», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Bridge

oil / canvas

100 x 140 cm / 39.37 x 55.12 in

€ 1 950
Painting «Asana 3 (Latex)», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Asana 3 (Latex)

oil / canvas

100 x 130 cm / 39.37 x 51.18 in

€ 1 755
Painting «Relax (Latex)», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Relax (Latex)

oil / canvas

100 x 130 cm / 39.37 x 51.18 in

€ 1 755
Painting «Gudon», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Gudon

oil / canvas

150 x 150 cm / 59.06 x 59.06 in

€ 2 340
Painting «System angels», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

System angels

oil / canvas

150 x 150 cm / 59.06 x 59.06 in

€ 3 900
Painting «Gravity», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Gravity

oil / canvas

200 x 150 cm / 78.74 x 59.06 in

€ 5 362
Painting «Swan Lake», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Swan Lake

oil / canvas

130 x 140 cm / 51.18 x 55.12 in

€ 3 510
Painting «Neighborhood», oil, canvas. Painter Potapenkov Eduard. Buy painting
Eduard Potapenkov

Neighborhood

oil / canvas

150 x 120 cm / 59.06 x 47.24 in

€ 3 120



Volodymyr Padun

Born in 1968 in Dnipro, Ukraine
Graduated from Vuchetych Dnipropetrovsk Art School (1983-1987)
Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (1989-1995), Kyiv
Member of the art association «Cold VEL» (1994-1996)
Author and participant of the project «Antidote» (2014-2020)
Co-founder of Bureau ArtNakhodok (graphic design, installation, exhibition solutions)
Part of the group «Squat on Olehivska»
Lives and works in Kyiv

Painting «Way», oil, canvas. Painter Padun Volodymyr. Buy painting
Volodymyr Padun

Way

oil / canvas

130 x 180 cm / 51.18 x 70.87 in

€ 1 462
Painting «h-Hawaii», oil, canvas. Painter Padun Volodymyr. Buy painting
Volodymyr Padun

h-Hawaii

oil / canvas

140 x 200 cm / 55.12 x 78.74 in

€ 2 925
Painting «Rapeseed», oil, acrylic, canvas. Painter Padun Volodymyr. Buy painting
Volodymyr Padun

Rapeseed

oil / acrylic / canvas

75 x 130 cm / 29.53 x 51.18 in

€ 975
Painting «Communication», oil, acrylic, canvas. Painter Padun Volodymyr. Buy painting
Volodymyr Padun

Communication

oil / acrylic / canvas

60 x 100 cm / 23.62 x 39.37 in

€ 1 072
Painting «MY WARRIOR OF LIGHT», oil, acrylic, canvas. Painter Padun Volodymyr. Buy painting
Volodymyr Padun

MY WARRIOR OF LIGHT

oil / acrylic / canvas

105 x 130 cm / 41.34 x 51.18 in

€ 1 950
Painting «System error», oil, canvas. Painter Padun Volodymyr. Buy painting
Volodymyr Padun

System error

oil / canvas

150 x 200 cm / 59.06 x 78.74 in

€ 3 315
Painting «HQ - teleport», oil, canvas. Painter Padun Volodymyr. Buy painting
Volodymyr Padun

HQ - teleport

oil / canvas

140 x 180 cm / 55.12 x 70.87 in

€ 2 437